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I Said It: Brian Flores, Dolphins Want Competitive Players

Head Coach Brian Flores spoke to the media before practice at the Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University on Wednesday. Here were some comments that stood out, along with some perspective:

"My entire life I've been taught never get too high, never get too low. So I try to stay even."

— This is something that Flores has repeated since the start of training camp, that he's always looking ahead and always looking to remain grounded. In that vein, he analyzes what happens in a game, looks to correct the mistakes and starts moving on to the next opponent.

"You see speed and athleticism out of Baker, Sam, Raekwon. As a unit, we're playing OK. It could be better. Spurts of good play, but it could be more consistent."

— The Dolphins linebacker corps of Jerome Baker, Sam Eguavoen and Raekwon McMillan has made its share of plays in the early part of the 2019 season, but as with just about every position on the roster, Flores is looking for more consistency out of that group.

"We want competitive players. We've got a group of competitive guys."

— QB Josh Rosen looked to the sideline on a fourth-and-goal situation at Dallas, hoping to convince Flores to go for the touchdown instead of kicking the field goal. While Flores decided the best move at the time was to take the three points, he said he liked Rosen showing some aggressiveness at that juncture.

"Xavien is very resilient. He's been through a lot. He's definitely got a next-play mentality."

— Cornerback Xavien Howard said after the game against the Cowboys that this wasn't his best performance, but Flores said he saw no issues with Howard becoming frustrated. Flores also said he expected Howard to be ready for have a strong performance in the next game against the Chargers.

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